365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 97

12.08.18

If you could sum up your life in one word, what would it be?

  • Challenging. 
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Circuit Training Workouts

In a world where being creative is a must if you want to prevent boredom, this is where I come in and enlighten your day and workout. I strive to help people find their wings in the gym, to find exercises and training modules that work best for them individually — because everyone is an individual. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of trying to find a workout that gives you results, keeps you entertained, challenges you & at the very best teaches you something new about your body and your limits. Many people do the same thing in and out, don’t see results and don’t feel challenged because they are afraid to push themselves (coming from experience, this is due to many things) but once you hop over that obstacle, you find that there is so many options and not all of them are alike, which intrigues you enough to want to give it a go.  Well, if you are ready to hop over that obstacle today, I have something that might intrigue you enough to give it a go. 

 

Circuit training is a fancy term for doing an abundance of exercises (typically 2 or more that are high intensity) that require you doing them in a timed situation OR a high intensity exercise that is done (typically 2 or more)  without a break between for a certain amount of reps .. for example:

 

Example One:

 
  1. Burpees: 10 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks: 10 reps
  3. Push ups: 10 reps

Having to do these all without a break between, one after the other for a certain amount of rounds

 

OR

 

Example Two:

  1. Burpees: 30 seconds
  2. Jumping Jacks: 1 minute
  3. Push ups: 30 seconds

You are having to do these exercises within a certain amount of time — and recording your results, again this would require no break in between exercises. Another option would be.. 

 

Example Three:

Do 4 of these exercises within 20 minutes of time:

  1. Pull ups: 100
  2. push ups: 50
  3. burpees: 100
  4. Kettlebell swings: 150

Basically a lot of Crossfit athletes do these and have another term for it, but it is a form of circuit– the difference being you have 20 minutes total to finish the 4 of these exercises with the amount of reps– during my CrossFit class, we didn’t have a break between .. it was ongoing, sure I could stop and catch my breathe but I was trying to beat the timer, so I didn’t want to take long breaks if I wanted to succeed in the workout. Time was of the essence. 

 

Circuit training can come in all forms: cardio, strength exercises and a combination of both. You can also choose to use machines if you aren’t comfortable using free weights OR you can use body weight exercises (which means you can do them at home). Depending on your fitness level and the equipment available to you, it could be a fun workout to take on and you can change it up however you like to meet your needs. 

 

Pros of Circuit training:

  • Increases endurance
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • strength building 
  • can utilize weight machines, free weights or body weight
  • can be done at home or the gym
  • challenges you
  • lose fat while maintaining strength
  • Beginners, intermediate or advanced athletes
  • cardio, strength or a combination of both— depending on your goals

In my opinion, it is a great option for those of you who might need to turn up the fun factor in your workouts, need a challenge, want something new, great for partner workouts — where you both train together, and if you are new to exercise, it can help get you started in the right direction. I use circuit training more often than not, especially when I am doing CrossFit based workouts, or want to add some high intensity volume training. Definitely worthy of giving a go! 

 

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Whats your favorite circuit training workout? 

 
 

Wall Ball Squat| CrossFit It Out

Going back to my CrossFit days when I was introduced to “Wall Ball Squats” — for the life of me,  I did not realize they would be a challenging workout; I figured what is so hard about squatting and throwing a ball against a wall BUT boy was I wrong! hard workout and definitely made to be challenging. Eventually I will get back into CrossFit and visit my local box BUT it won’t be because of Wall balls, LOL 

For any of my CrossFit athletes out there, then you know the struggle and for any of my recreational gym goers this is an exercise to amp up your leg day and core as well 🙂 

but obviously you can purchase them elsewhere as well, but the reason behind using these balls is because of the cushion compared to regular medicine balls made of hard rubber that would go bouncing off the walls, they don’t look fierce but these balls don’t play games with competitors. LOL 

 

So besides that, how does one do a proper wall ball squat? 

 
 
  1. Stand feet shoulder width apart while facing the wall with the “wall ball in hand”. Make sure to keep shoulders back and chest up high, standing 3-5 ft away from the wall (approximately) 
  2. Descent into a squat position, continue down until upper legs are below parallel to the floor (inhale during this time)
  3. Drive through heels to ascend, at the same time push the medicine ball up towards the wall while fully extending the arms. Aim to throw the ball 10-12 ft in front of you (although it depends the height of the ceiling)
  4. Catch the ball and return to the starting position. 

What muscles am I working?

  • Quads
  • glutes
  • calves
  • hamstrings
  • abs
  • lower back
  • chest
  • front deltoids
  • rear deltoids
  • biceps
  • triceps

Very good workout for the muscle groups and definitely can be done with beginners, just use a smaller weight and start off throwing the ball as a decent height and gradually progress as you get stronger and get the movement down.

 

Leave your experience in the comments!

 

Shay-lon

The Pistol Squat (exercise)

Thanks to a lovely blogger…

 

I am going to be speaking about the “Pistol squat”. Now before I begin, let me give you the run down on this particular exercise because I don’t want people going out and hurting themselves trying to be cool. This particular exercise I do not recommend to those that don’t have a proper two legged squat form/technique down, that have issues with their core strength, and don’t have much strength in their legs/thighs as well – this is an advanced movement. This is not an exercise to be taken lightly because it is difficult and requires a lot more out of you. There are a lot of things that go into being able to perform a pistol squat the right way without causing yourself injury. 

 

Pistol squats are an amazing exercise and one that always has people in the room in “Ahh”, it took me a LONG time to perform a “perfect” pistol squat because it isn’t something that everyone can go out and do tomorrow. It takes practice, balance, discipline, and strength (in multiple areas) and an idea on how to do it so that you don’t end up harming yourself. For those of you who are able to do it like myself, you probably found a way that helped you be able to perform it and have your own steps in what worked for you & the exercises you used in order to build on your weaknesses – which is great, as do I. 

 

For those of you who want to learn to do a pistol squat, well.. there is no easy way to go about it, and don’t expect to do it in like 15 minutes unless you are THAT skilled and if so, well I tip my hat off to you. I always found the easiest part of the pistol squat was the downward position and the hardest was getting back up on one foot – but some may disagree (this is okay). I am going to do my normal “step by step directions” that I would normally post for an exercise and then I am going to talk about what muscles this exercise effects, then end it with MY OWN tips on how to accomplish a pistol squat (WARNING: my tips sound ridiculous but they helped me and I don’t expect everyone to be the same, so they may help some and not others). 

 

How to: 

 
  1. From a standing position, raise one foot off the floor. Chest up, looking forward, knees and hips slightly bent, back straight (starting position)
  2. Descend into a squat flexing your hips and knee, while squatting, extend the non-working leg forward. You will want to descend slowly, paying attention to your balance, and body mechanics. You will flex as far as possible.
  3. Hold the bottom position briefly (2-5 seconds), then return to the starting position by extending through the hips and knee (driving through the heel of your working foot)
  4. Repeat for however many repetitions

What muscles am I working on:

  • Quads 
  • hips
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • calves
  • core support – this is necessary in order to do this exercise (you need a strong core)

Important factors (keep these in mind):

  • Posture alignment is important when performing squats, even pistol squats (VERY important)
  • Balance is VERY important during this exercise (you can find ways to improve your balance)
  • Your arms will come into play when doing this exercise (they don’t just sit at your side)
  • advanced movement (first have your two legged squats down and strength in all the right places)
  • do this exercise on the ground before doing it on kettlebells and buildings, etc
  • If you have had any prior injuries or conditions that could hinder you, ask your doctor before performing this exercise. 

How Did I Learn to Pistol Squat?

  1. I started from the bottom. Literally. I would sit on the ground in the pistol squat position (with my hands holding my body up) for like 15-30 seconds for like 3-4 sets. This helped me to get the form down because I had issues with extending my leg because my knee would always want to bend when I would extend it (my legs are lame, don’t make fun of me) LOL (each leg)
  2. Then after being comfortable with step 1 (which took some time for me), I would again start from the bottom and push my self up using my arms/hands and then go back down slowly in that same position (this helped me to get used to pushing myself up on one leg) I still run into difficulties with this sometimes because it is harder and especially after you have done like 10 reps.. your legs get tired. LOL (each leg)
  3. Finally after being comfortable with step 2, I would then start from from the top and and slowly descend downward while extending my non-working leg. and do this for a number of sets and reps on each leg. 

After a while you get the movement down, I use my hands/arms sometimes to touch my toes while descending into the pistol squat position. This might be considered weird, but how I train myself is never normal. lol. I do things that work for me. before doing any of this, I obviously did strength exercises to strengthen my core and muscles that are needed. & worked on balance. With this all being said, mine are not always perfect (especially when I rush through them) , like today I fell on my butt when performing them because I lost balance and that will happen. I have been continuing working on them though because I want to get even better and start challenging myself with dumbbells, barbell and doing them on unstable surfaces. 

 

Hopefully all of this information has helped someone and will be helpful to others who want to learn how to perform them. Like I said, everyone learns differently, my way might not help you and that is okay, find what does. Good luck! and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Share, like, comment & follow me! 

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxooo

The A-Z Tag

I will thank PoojaG for nominating me for this particular activity, I have not done this before and found it to be quite interesting & a creative way to get to know someone. This definitely will challenge me because I am scared of what to think of when I get to letters I hardly use on a daily basis, but should be fun! Check out PoojaG blog for more encouraging words and inspirations.

A – Athletic (always have been involved in sports and love anything to do with fitness)

B- Bold ( I tend to make bold statements sometimes, never one to beat behind the bush most days)

C- Charismatic (my personality, I have had people tell me) 

D- Determined ( I go for things I want)

E- Emotional, I can be sometimes..

F – Fun, I am definitely fun to be around

G- Goofy  (constantly)

H- Humble ( I don’t think too highly of myself or my life)

I- Imaginative ( I always have very creative thoughts and ideas)

J- jesting

K- Kindhearted

L- Loving & Loyal

M- Mature ( I like to think I am when the time comes)

N- neat (very)

O- Organized, I always try to be and prefer to be

P- Patient ( I have always been somewhat of a patient person, some days are harder than others)

Q- Quick 

R- Realistic – I try to be realistic about things so I don’t get my feelings hurt 

S- Sexual (only when the time calls for it) but hey not afraid to admit it lol

T- Tactful, I take people’s feelings into consideration before acting on something

U- Unique (aren’t we all?)

V- Versatile

W- Wakeful ( I sleep very light so can be easily disturbed when sleeping)

X- xenodochial ( I am friendly to strangers as long as they don’t come off to creepy or make me feel uncomfortable)

Y- Young; some might say I am 

Z- Zealous 

My Nominees Are:

grevisangel73

Sarahlivelovelift

thesweetlifeofme

Bella

joesimmonsjr

Feel free to like, comment, share and follow 🙂 thank you!

 

 

 

Push Up Challenge – Day 15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcXkO2pVJ-0

20 reps.

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